This unique viewpoint offers an intimate connection between the audience and the profound emotional journey of Dido, inviting them to experience the story in a deeply personal and immersive way.

Photo: Ebru Ceren Uzun

on Company RAu's DIDO

premiered in the 26th Istanbul Theater Festival by IKSV
performance language: English
run time: 60′

Dido is a solo multi-disciplinary performance by Istanbul-based choreographer/performer Korhan Basaran that reflects the myth of Dido and Aeneas using elements of dance, theater, new music and video projection to explore themes of human desire, frustration and heartbreak.

Basaran takes the audience on a journey in collaboration with Tolga Yayalar’s original composition and Ataman Girisken’s projection design deep into Dido’s mind as she falls in love and is ultimately destroyed by her own desire and loyalty. Language is an extension of movement as Basaran’s body softens, explodes, ducks, hides, and accuses, showing us how Dido’s mind grasps at the realization of her betrayal. Girisken uses video projection and Yayalar uses sound to redefine the stage space with simple, bold clean imagery with a constantly traveling sound that shifts our perception of time and space as we descend deeper and deeper into this dream poem of theatrical experience.

Dido’s text has been re-written by Basaran with inspiration from Virgil’s Aeneid and Christopher Marlowe’s Dido; Queen of Carthage.
Photos: Julia Kampichler

what people saiD

With Basaran’s interpretation of Dido, he continues to write a tradition that has captivated countless generations to date and, judging by the audience reaction, continues to emotionally grip them today.

Elisabeth Ritonja
European Cultural News
Korhan Basaran mixes his monologue, created with Virgil and Marlowe, with an expressive embodiment in a foolish disguise, atmospherically strong projections and a suitably powerful sound.

Der Standard

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